It’s fair season, and a new crop of parents is taking excited youngsters to county and state fairs across the country so they can see the farm animals. Not only see them, but pet them as well. Maybe even kiss them.

Stop right there, many veterinarians and fair directors will say. Before heading to the…

Watch children when they enter a petting zoo. Just about always, their faces light up with joy at seeing the animals as their hands reach out to touch them.

Ask parents why they take children to petting zoos or farm animal exhibits at fairs and most will tell you that they think it’s important for…

In the wake of an E. coli outbreak linked to a petting zoo at a North Carolina county fair that sickened over 100 people last fall, experts have issued a set of recommendations to improve the safety of animal exhibits at the fair — while the future of a petting zoo at this year’s event…